Bynum's trio with bassist John Hebert and drummer Gerald Cleaver, explorative and informed recordings from Firehouse 12, music on the forefront of modern improvisation.
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Book Of Three
Released in: France
"This trio is on a quest - in this case, to recover the core values of collective improvisation. They are not warriors but rather crusaders for freedom, and they understand that peace and freedom go hand in hand. "Free" improvisation or what is known as experimental music has increasingly turned into a relentless attack on the senses, while "jazz" has elevated individual displays of virtuosity. The soloist has become paramount, which is why we are more likely to hear an audience member shout, "That cat can play!" rather than to hear someone exhort, "That cat can listen!"
Book of Three brings back the art of listening, the art of silence, the art of collective improvisation, the art of slowing down. These three artists possess a musical rapport that cannot be composed. It is improvisation in its purist form - a process of listening and responding in order to produce a multilayered yet singular voice. In place of ever-thickening density, the trio prefers long, measured, shapely notes, drawn from the entire range of their instruments. Whether it's Hébert bowing in the high register (or under the bridge); Bynum pushing air rather than vibration through his horn, or Cleaver milking every rim, drum head, or the length and breadth of each cymbal, nothing is wasted."-Robin D. G. Kelley, excerpt from the liner notes
"Critics have called Taylor Ho Bynum "a young brass master and compelling composer" (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), "a remarkable writer, improviser and bandleader" (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com) and "one of the most exciting figures in jazz's new power generation" (Steve Dollar, Time Out Chicago). "Over the past decade," wrote Kevin Le Gendre in Jazzwise, "Bynum has shown himself to be a worthy addition to the canon of maverick trumpeters that includes such illustrious names as Wadada Leo Smith, Ron Miles, Cuong Vu and Arve Henrikson." The Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak adds, "Taylor Ho Bynum cemented his reputation as one of the most compelling and progressive trumpeters and bandleaders currently active, at home in every corner of the creative-music map."
Bynum's expansive resume includes collaborations with both his contemporaries and legendary figures alike, most notably the iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively over the past decade. His most recent releases as a leader/co-leader include Tomas Fujiwara & Taylor Ho Bynum's Stepwise (NotTwo Records), Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings' Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records), Positive Catastrophe's Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), The Thirteenth Assembly's (un)sentimental (Important Records), and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths. The debut CD of the collaborative trio Book of Three (with Gerald Cleaver and John Hébert) will be released on RogueArt in the fall of 2010. He is also a member of such groups as The Convergence Quartet, Jason Kao Hwang's Edge, Myra Melford's Happy Whistlings, the Tyshawn Sorey Quartet and the large ensembles of Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. In addition, he is a curator and vice president of Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music), a partner in Firehouse 12 Records, and the president of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation."-Rouge Art
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"Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation - through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. As heard on over twenty recordings as a bandleader, Bynum's expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention as one of the singular musical voices of his generation. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.
His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing most of Braxton's recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders and organizations. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation."-Taylor Ho Bynum website (http://taylorhobynum.com/)
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"John Hebert was born in New Orleans, LA. He attended Loyola University from '90 to '92 where he was awarded with a complete scholarship. In 1992, John moved to the New York State area, completing his formal studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey; he graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1994. After graduating, John moved to New York City where he quickly became a highly in demand bassist, both for live performances and studio sessions."-Marc Mommaas (http://www.mommaas.com/JohnHebert.html)
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"Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan. Cleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi. Gerald had six older siblings. Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitou , Michael Formanek, Tomasz Sta ko, Franck Amsallem and others.
Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Cleaver_(musician))
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Recorded at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT, USA on November 3rd, 2009 by Greg DiCrosta, and on March 1st, 2010 by Nick Lloyd.
Taylor Ho Bynum-cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trumpbone
John Hebert-double bass
Gerald Cleaver-drums, percussion
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